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Department of Teacher Education

Video-based Response and Revision

Mary Juzwik ( and Samantha Caughlan (, Principal Investigators

VBRR is a collaborative research and curriculum development project housed in the English teacher education program at Michigan State University (MSU) and affiliated with the Literacy Achievement Research Center at MSU. The project responds to a persistent problem we have encountered as teacher educators: Teacher candidates often see only a few models for designing classroom interactions, and many of them gain the most experience watching interactions that can best be characterized as "monologic": the teacher is the single authoritative voice in the classroom and students are expected to passively take in information rather than become actively engaged in course content. Since this arrangement does not invite the diversity of student voices and experiences in the classroom to become resources for learning and engagement, we aspire to expand future teachers' repertoire of experiences to include more "dialogically organized classroom interactions." In such classrooms, the teacher's voice is not the sole authority; rather, students' voices are valued, encouraged, listened to, and built upon.

To put it graphically, our project seeks to support teacher candidates in moving away from monologic to dialogue in their classroom interactions.

To accomplish this goal, we are turning to new media technologies, specifically video and Web 2.0 social networking resources, to invite teacher candidates into a recursive process that includes trying new (to them) ways of engaging students through dialogically organized classroom interaction, videotaping their efforts, sharing clips of those videos with small groups of colleagues, watching and responding (through writing, audio, or video) to their colleagues' videos, reflecting on what they learn as they review and respond to their own videos and the videos of three or four others, and transforming their developing practices in response to what they learn through engaging in this process.

You can learn more about this project at